Baylor safeties coach Brian Norwood has joined the Tulsa coaching staff as co-defensive coordinator.
Norwood has served seven seasons at Baylor including the last four seasons as safeties coach after three years as defensive coordinator. Norwood will be co-defensive coordinator at Tulsa with Bill Young.
Norwood will work under former Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery who accepted the Tulsa head coaching job last month.
“I’m excited to have Brian join our staff,” Montgomery said. “As a person, what he stands for, and the type of family man that he is, you won’t find a better man than Brian Norwood. He will bring that feeling of stability to our players, recruits and their families.”
Norwood joined Art Briles’ staff at Baylor in 2008 as defensive coordinator after serving seven years as a secondary coach under Joe Paterno at Penn State. After the 2010 season, Briles hired Phil Bennett as defensive coordinator and Norwood moved to safeties coach.
“I appreciate his seven years of dedication, loyalty and love he provided to our student-athletes and Baylor football,” Briles said. “I wish him and his family always continued blessings and success.”
Briles hasn’t yet named a replacement for Norwood as Baylor’s safeties coach. Norwood is excited about becoming Tulsa’s co-defensive coordinator.
“Coach Montgomery and I had a great relationship during our time at Baylor as we were able to be a part of changing that program,” Norwood said. “I’m excited to be a part of building a successful program with Coach Montgomery at the University of Tulsa. It’s a tremendous opportunity to work with Coach Young in coordinating the defense,”
Norwood began his career as a graduate assistant coach at Arizona in 1990-91 before spending three seasons as outside linebackers coach at Richmond. He then spent five years at the U.S. Naval Academy as defensive backs coach and the 2001 season at Texas Tech as defensive backs coach before moving to Penn State in 2001.
Norwood will continue to work with the secondary at Tulsa.
“The way he and Coach Young will be able to work together and coordinate our defense, especially with Bill’s vast knowledge and working the front of the defense and Brian’s knowledge on the back end, I think that makes for a very special combination,” Montgomery said. “They allow us the opportunity to put together the type of defense that we need not only to win in this league, but to win conference championships and have a chance to play in the type of bowl games that we want to participate in.”
Norwood’s son, Brian, completed his senior year for the Bears in 2014 as a receiver and kick returner.
Montgomery has hired three people on his Tulsa coaching staff who previously worked at Baylor. Justin Hill is Tulsa’s running backs coach after serving as associate director of athletic performance at Baylor. Calvin Lowry is Tulsa’s receivers coach after serving as assistant director of operations at Baylor.
BEAR FACTS: Baylor senior receiver Levi Norwood has been named one of six finalists for Uplifting Athletes’ 2015 Rare Disease Champion Award.
Throughout the 2014 season, Norwood led two events to raise over $9,000 for cerebral palsy, the Baylor chapter’s chosen rare disease to fight.